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Illinois eases licensing for applicants with criminal records

Illinois' central licensing agency  announced in November it will simplify the process of applying for licenses for people with criminal convictions. Among other changes, the amount of intimidating 'legalese' language on application forms will be reduced. These changes are part of a large plan by Governor Bruce Rauner's administration and the Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Commission to help former convicts gain employment in Illinois, where many occupations require licensure.